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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Getting Ready for Halloween Indoor Decorating on: September 22, 2014 06:57:56 PM
I've been popping in and out of Michael's Arts and Crafts a lot more than usual lately. There's one not too far away from where I work (my favorite store, A.C. Moore, doesn't have a location out that way). And even though I know I have to work on Halloween night, that didn't stop me from picking up a new decoration.

Michael's had plaster skulls and monster heads on sale. I had to have the monster head, because I don't have anything Frankenstein-related yet. I know, it's hard to believe.




Frankie here was painted with both Testor's model car paint (that I bought for another project, the gnomes that are giving me hell) and Folk Art craft paint. I was going for a sickly pale monster green, by combining a flesh color, white and green of the Folk Art paint. When it was all said and done, in the light of my kitchen....er, painting studio...Frankie actually has a bit of a pale, sickly blue tint to him and I really like it (think Tom Savini's make up work on the original "Dawn of the Dead," in 1978.

I'm not a great painter, but I was happy that I was able to get some differences in skin tone. While I was able to create some highlights on the face, I had a hard time creating depth. I wanted him to have bags under his eyes and hollow cheeks. I couldn't get his cheek to be any more gaunt, but I think the eyes have a good start on them. I even made it a point to brush on various shades of green eye shadow under his eyes and on his cheeks  to show depth, but I can't get him any thinner.

I did think about clear coating him, kind of the cheap woman's clear glaze, but I decided against it. I've decided I like this kind of chalky finish that he has.

I thought a lot about my paternal grandma while I was working on this project. She passed away about three years ago. I would admit that during the last 13-15 years, I didn't have much to do with her, mostly because of how she treated people and how I didn't like it.

When I was a little kid, she had a corner of the basement that was her own ceramics studio. She even had her own kiln down there and shelves loaded with unpainted ceramics and molds.  I thought it was the coolest thing in the world! I still have the peg light Christmas tree she made for my family in 1978, and a couple other small pieces.  I used to beg her almost every time I saw her to do some kind of ceramics project with me, but she never would. She always said it was too expensive. I would have loved to sit down there and paint with her.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Batman Sheet Repurposed on: September 06, 2014 08:37:04 AM
Very cool! I had to add this to Geek Crafts. Smiley

http://geekcrafts.com/15315-batman-sheet-dress/
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Finished My Seashell Wreath on: June 21, 2014 06:24:02 PM
My boss had a really nice seashell wreath in her house that she made a few years ago. I was amazed by it and I needed to have one for myself.

Here is mine. The materials for it came from AC Moore (for the grape vine wreath), 2 beaches in Norfolk, 2 beaches in Virginia Beach, and 2 shells I had from the Tampa/Clearwater area from several years ago.



Everything is hot glued on. It took a lot of soaking in soapy water and then Lysol to get rid of the stink on these shells. The weird thing is that the items I picked up in Virginia Beach smelled worse than the items I picked up in Norfolk.

I've got:
  • two different kinds of sea grass
    feathers
    pieces of driftwood
    various shells (some are mussels)
    horseshoe crab shells
    various other crab shells
    mermaid purses
    1 piece of sea glass
    1 Corona extra bottle cap
    a couple of rocks
    some barnacles

This is my boss's wreath, by the way. She said she loves a good hot glue gun project! Smiley

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Calvin and Hobbes on: June 07, 2014 06:11:06 AM
They are absolutely beautiful and I'm putting these on Geek Crafts today! Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Leon's Window on: June 07, 2014 06:05:03 AM
This is just absolutely lovely!  And to come from a movie that really stays with you is pretty cool too. Smiley This is going on Geek Crafts today!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A New Garden Gnome on: June 04, 2014 07:58:02 PM
OMG...KISS gnomes???  Grin I think we need a set of those! My husband would love that! We saw KISS in August 2013 and we are going to see them again this August.

Cute. I love, love, love lawn gnomes. The weather eventually wore their faces off, but I used to have a set I'd tricked out to look like the KISS Army. My most recent project -- completed just last night, and posted a minute ago, actually -- is a garden gnome cosplaying the Tenth Doctor. (Somebody's got to protect my garden from the Weeping Angels, right?)
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo on: June 04, 2014 07:55:37 PM
Thanks so much. It was nice to have a project, that was also something of Mom's, to work on. I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately so it's nice to have that to look at in my flower bed. Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo on: June 02, 2014 07:39:53 PM
My mom passed away in November last year. She wanted us to wait until we could all be together, in the spring, to spread her ashes (my husband is in the military and his CO wouldn't let him come home before she passed). So we got together in April to take care of her one last time. One of the things we brought back from our trip home was a heavy stone flamingo that belonged to my mom. It was a little rough looking. having spent at least one Iowa winter outside and several Iowa summers baking outside in the heat.


That one winter it sat outdoors for is what helped to break it's neck. Luckily for me, there is some kind of rebar inside the neck, so everything held together in the bed of the truck on the way back here.

I used a Walgreens knock off of Gorilla Glue, which I was very happy with. The Python Glue is actually thinner and less "foamy" than the Gorilla brand. A couple applications inside the crack was enough to secure the break, but it wasn't enough to disguise it.

For that, I needed to make a couple thin clay collars for it from Sculpey. And since it's oven bake clay, I had to breal down and buy an embossing/heat gun to cure it.


Then I did a quick and dirty paint job on it to set my base colors: just a bright pink for the body and a hunter green for the base. I didn't do any detail work with it. It was just two cans of spray paint.

I painted everything else by brush last night with other colors for the details.




I think my mom would approve of this. I had asked her once before if she'd let me fix it for her and she said no at the time. Now, you've got to get right up on it to see where the thickness and smoothness of the neck changes where the clay and the stone come together.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Big Bang Theory on: May 24, 2014 06:40:45 AM
LOVE IT! ***Rocks***

I'm putting this on Geek Crafts. Smiley Any chance for a pattern?
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster High Custom- Daryl Dixon on: May 17, 2014 05:47:57 AM
OMG, he's WONDERFUL!

***Rocks!***

I'm putting this on Geek Crafts right now! Smiley
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